I also grew up and went to school in the south — in the rural south, at that. The pressure to conform (read: act like a “Christian”), to pray before, well, everything, and to pretend all the time. Some of my friends (more northern, more urban) always say things like, “But that’s not legal.” To which I’d say, “Yes, you could sue and probably win. But then you’d have to move.” I never sued, but I managed to be ostracized anyway. Evangelicals and evangelical culture are abusive, full stop. It is an authoritarian, group-think, mind-control power grab. Love? Oh, hell no. It’s about power. Over you, over your mind. It’s not religion. Not even close.

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